32 Great Walks in New Jersey

Your guide to the state's best county parks, nature preserves, riverside trails, city strolls and more.

Photo by Marla Cohen

Somewhere between tapping your TV remote and hiking up a hill is that most rewarding form of exercise, the walk. Whether brisk or leisurely, the walk can do it all. Walks are an ideal form of exercise, but they can also provide relaxation, fresh air and quiet moments. Walks with friends and family (or the family pet) encourage camaraderie and conversation. Walks provide scenic views and help us connect with nature or history. And there’s nothing that says a walk can’t be interrupted for a snack, a libation or a bit of shopping.

In this issue, we provide dozens of ideas for New Jersey walks. Some might be right in your town; most are definitely worth a drive. Our walks take you through parks and along rivers. Some explore green corridors through densely populated neighborhoods. Others veer off the beaten path. Our city walks provide glimpses of history and architecture that you might miss from a car window. Our Hoboken food tour invites you to not just walk through that city, but to taste it.

Each of our walks can turn an ordinary morning or afternoon into a memorable one. But how about night-time? For that, we introduce you to eight guided, full-moon hikes offered on specified dates at a variety of state, county and municipal parks. These mini-adventures will delight, surprise and educate you.

So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your comfy shoes, fill a water bottle, and start strolling.

The Garden State’s Most Scenic Strolls

Historic City Walks You Won’t Want to Miss

Hoboken Food Tour: Pizza, Mozzarella and So Much More

7 Stunning Full-Moon Hikes

Rediscovering the Beauty of Slowing Down

3 Great Spots for Backpacking with Kids


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